Though Pearl Jam began its life as part of a genre that found a massive audience rather quickly, Eddie Vedder and company have never done things the mainstream way. From its notorious distrust and avoidance of the rock star lifestyle, to its David-and-Goliath-like battles with corporate dragon Ticketmaster, Pearl Jam has always been a people's band. The group's series of simultaneously released live albums marketed through the Internet is another subversive chapter in its career.
The interesting thing about this 25-volume double-disc series documenting the group's 2000 European tour is not only the depth of repertoire it has amassed over the years--the diversity of the sets is impressive--but the consistently palpable emotional commitment it brings to its music night after night. This series offers a unique opportunity to follow that thread from one performance to the next, offering a sonic still-life portrait whose intimacy is unprecedented in the world of commercial concert recordings.